Undue Concentration on Oil Sector Stunted Tourism Growth in Nigeria

Published on : Friday, November 22, 2013

Stunted TourismChief Emeka Anyaoku, former Secretary-General, Commonwealth, lamented that despite the fact that Nigeria is blessed richly with all manners of tourism potentialities, it is sad that the oil sector has not been able to gain the necessary attention from the government. The undue concentration on the oil sector has been described as a curse and hindrance to the sprouting and germination of the tourism economy in Nigeria.

Chief Anyaoku said that there was nothing wrong in the government paying more attention to, and developing fully, the oil sector. Rather, it is a sin for the government to have refused to utilise the proceeds from oil in developing other sectors of the economy. With oil in our backyard spinning the money, Chief Anyaoku believes that the money should have been expended on alternatives revenue sources, importantly the tourism sector which stokes the economy every second.

According to Chief Anyaoku, tourism is an inestimable economic asset waiting to be tapped for benefit of the people of Nigeria. He commended Mrs. Salami for documenting some of the pristine and wonderful tourism assets of Nigeria in a breakfast book, which will go a long way in emphasising the point and reminding whoever that comes across it about the Nigerian tourism potentialities.

Chief Anyaoku said the book, Tourism in Nigeria, is one of the best documents he had seen and read, which informed his writing a pre-publication commendation in the book. He also recommended the book to everyone who wants to have a deal with tourism in Nigeria.

“The book is a brilliant bird’s- eye view of the rich tapestry of the culture and traditional occupations of a significant number of Nigeria’s people. It is, in the main, a carefully researched catalogue of the country’s major tourist attractions. The book is a must read not only by those wishing to visit and witness the captivating diversity of Nigeria, but also by Nigerians themselves who are interested in knowing the tourist sites and rich cultural traditions of their country.” He described.

Revealing what encouraged her writing the book; Mrs. Salami said, “I want to achieve two broad objectives with the publication of this book. First, to showcase Nigeria to Nigerians that we have all it takes in joining other countries in becoming a big player in the global tourism business and in also telling the government that this sector can conveniently serve as alternative source or main source of revenue for the country. And most importantly, to show the cultural and historical linkages between the various ethnic groups to stimulate cultural understanding, appreciation and unity.

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